Museum Collection

Queensland Women's Historical Association has a large collection of artefacts, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and including material associated with pioneer families. Many of these artefacts - including furniture, art works, ornaments, soft furnishings, silverware, and kitchen and laundry equipment - are on permanent display at Miegunyah, furnishing the various rooms. Other artefacts - including costume, textiles, toys, memorabilia and handicrafts - are in storage but are shown in special exhibitions. Besides the permanent collection outlined above, the QWHA maintains a reserve, or temporary, collection of material of lesser significance - including household linen and crockery - which is used in supporting the Association's public activities, such as hosting lectures and catering.

Library and archives

The QWHA also maintains a library and archival collection, intended as a research resource on Queensland women. The QWHA's own archives, dating from its foundation in the 1950s form an important part of this collection and include lectures delivered to the association over the years and the monthly newsletter Historical Happenings. Other holdings include books on Queensland history; records relating to early governors, notably the Bowen family; records relating to women and women's organisations; subject and family files; ephemera; and photographs.

Collection Policy

The Queensland Women's Historical Association collects domestic artefacts dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the period of occupation of Miegunyah by the Perry family, the original occupants. Such material should either:

- complement the house's existing furnishings and equipment; or

- be useful for comparative research.

At present, the QWHA is particularly seeking furnishings for a tropical verandah for Miegunyah, the latest part of the house to be restored. In addition, the QWHA accepts household linen and crockery, etc. for its temporary collection, and donations to the library and archival collection are always welcome. The QWHA does not normally accept long-term loans or conditional gifts.

Access and research

Access to the museum and Library collections is by appointment only. Basic research facilities are provided.

For appointments please contact us
download research request form

Reproduction of collection material

The QWHA allows reproduction of collection material providing that:

- Prior permission is obtained

- The QWHA receives due acknowledgement and fees

- Images are provided at the expense of the client

Reproduction and usage fees will vary according to the purpose eg, private research, educational and scholarly publications, or commercial publications and merchandise products. Fees do not apply to publication within a dissertation or thesis, or for editorial purposes within newspapers or magazines.

Loan of collection material

The QWHA lends collection material to approved borrowers for approved purposes. All loans are to be accompanied by appropriate documentation, and borrowers are responsible for providing transport and insurance. In some cases fees are also applicable.

For further enquiries please contact us